Film Photography

Five Reasons I Like to Photograph French Doors on Film

There are unconscious patterns that emerge when one looks at their own photographs.  It appears that while traveling in France, I like to photograph doors on film.  Here are five images that illustrate why.

#1 - Because they stand still and make it easy for beginners.

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  • Location: Saint-Emilion, France

  • Time: July 2001

  • Camera: Canon Rebel 2000

  • Film: Kodachrome 64

#2 - Because textures look amazing on black and white film.

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  • Location: Saint-Sulpice des Pommiers, France.

  • Time: October 2014

  • Camera: Fuji GF670

  • Film: Kodak Tri-X

#3 - And because the shadows really stand out.

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  • Location: Pau, France.

  • Time: October 2014

  • Camera: Fuji GF670

  • Film: Kodak Tri-X

#4 - Because the color contrast can be striking.

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  • Location: Madiran, France.

  • Time: October 2014

  • Camera: Fuji GF670

  • Film: Kodak Portra 400

#5 - Because the old buildings have great character.

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  • Location: Saint-Emilion, France.

  • Time: October 2014

  • Camera: Fuji GF670

  • Film: Kodak Portra 400


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A Polaroid Big Shot Review: featuring Willa Prescott. 2017

You feel like you know these images ... and you are probably right.  The Polaroid Big Shot was a favorite of Andy Warhol and many of his most famous work began with this camera.

This Polaroid camera is almost entirely forgotten.  A head-and-shoulders-only, weird-looking portrait machine, the Big Shot was made between 1971 and 1973.  It is entirely plastic and has a fixed-focus, requiring the photographer to do the "Big Shot Shuffle" to get focused images. Both the flashes (Magicubes) and the film (Fuji FP-100c) are discontinued, with prices on both rising by the day.  The future of the Polaroid Big Shot is as a curio on collectors' shelves.

But the Big Shot isn't dead yet.  When I discovered that I would have opportunity to photograph the lovely Willa Prescott, I knew that she would be the perfect subject for one of this camera's last adventures.

I purchased my Polaroid Big Shot from the Film Photography Project.

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